Everyone knows that dental care in North America can be expensive. More than 800,000 Americans travel overseas for dental and medical tourism for restorative and surgical procedures.
Dental health can affect one’s overall health. Managing gum disease can prevent heart disease, strokes, osteoporosis, and perhaps even dementia. However, the high costs of dental treatment in North America often cause people to go to the dentist much less frequently than twice per year. Is overseas dental treatment a genuinely good idea? If you do the research and play your cards right, it is. With enough planning, one can find a dentist that is as good as and much cheaper than what is available in North America.
One, of course, has to take the cost of air travel into consideration when they go overseas to look for a cheaper dentist. There is also the risk of ending up with a dental treatment of a low quality, which can do more harm than good and be expensive to fix. One should always make very sure that the overseas dentist they are considering has a good reputation. An incompetent overseas dentist may still have a flashy website and positive customer reviews. Whichever dentist you are considering should have multiple sources of information in favor of their competence.
Mexico and Costa Rica are popular destinations for North American dental tourists. If one lives in the southern U.S., a plane ticket may not be required, and one can quickly drive across the border to find dental treatment at less than half of the cost. Those living farther north or in Canada cannot travel to Mexico quite cheaply, but plane tickets to central America are nonetheless inexpensive. Southeast Asia is another part of the world in which one can find cheap, good-quality dental treatment. The cost of medical tourism for dental care can be even lower in Thailand than it is in Central America.